Journey of an Architect is a blog started by Tim Ung to document his journey to design 30 projects by the age of 30 (May 2020). His posts focus on his design process, thoughts, struggles, and successes throughout his journey.

The endless journey of an Architect

The endless journey of an Architect

A few days ago, I finally received my registration number as a licensed Architect in New York! To be honest, I’ve been waiting for this moment ever since I completed the intern experience hours and all of my exams in 2015, but New York requires 3 years of full-time employment at an architecture firm to qualify.

After waiting a year to finally qualify, I’ve been searching on the office of profession’s website every day to see if my name would finally appear in the licensed Architect search. On Friday June 24th, it finally showed up and I’m now officially licensed.

At this milestone of every Architect’s career, most people would be overjoyed and ready to celebrate their achievement! However, since I had to wait the full year and I knew that I would eventually get my license, I just gave a quick fist pump like the end of the movie The Pursuit of Happyness when Will Smith’s life finally came together. Then, I returned to the busy work day and found myself exhausted after getting out of the office and had a simple night with food and a Netflix binge.

I wonder how other Architects have celebrated after receiving their official registration as an Architect. What did you do after becoming a licensed Architect? And if you’re in the process of getting your license, what are your celebratory plans? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ll eventually celebrate this milestone event with my good friends and delicious food, but until then, it’s back to the daily grind and figuring out my next milestone.

Setting my next milestone as an Architect

As Architects, there are endless possibilities of how we could use our knowledge and skills both in our profession and outside. I often find myself contemplating ideas for innovative products, furniture, and architecture. Usually, I distance myself from most of these ideas because they’re not in line with my current goals. Eventually, I’ll be able to focus on some of them, but for now, I’ll use my time to develop a few of them.

If you’re a returning visitor of my blog, you probably know that one of my new milestone goals is to design 30 projects by the time I turn 30 years old. How did I come up with this goal?

Why the 30 x 30 goal?

I remember talking to some of my friends about their New Year’s Resolution and they started talking about their 30 x 30 goals, which seemed very difficult to achieve. Until that particular discussion, I’d never heard of this type of goal, but there was something about it that interested me. Perhaps it’s because I’m a very goal oriented and self-motivated person.

Then, I thought about my long-term goal of starting an architecture firm of my own and came up with some ideas to jump start the practice. As Architects, we know that the only way to get a client is to have a portfolio of work to show our knowledge, skills, and capability to successfully design and realize a project.

So what if I use the 30 x 30 goal to develop 30 theoretical projects that captures my architectural style and design process? In an ideal world, I’ll be able to create a design portfolio that reflects my architecture firm’s vision and have 30 projects to show to prospective clients.

This journey as an Architect has no end

After working in the profession and becoming a licensed Architect, I’ve come to realize that there are so many paths that I could take to develop my career. I’ve observed many architects who worked in the profession for years or decades who have decided that being an architect is no longer their dream. Some have gone on to becoming an entrepreneur and starting coffee shops or graphic design companies, and others have continued on their journey to starting their own architecture practice.

There is no right or wrong path. There are only the ones that you unconsciously gravitate towards and the ones that you have absolutely no interest in pursuing. I’ve chosen to follow my unconscious gravitation and gut feeling to start an architecture firm in the near future.

What path will you choose or have chosen and why? 


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